• Price: 705 . 169 . 915 . 1335

  • Company: Adobe

  • Pros: Offers Clip Notes, DVD authoring, native HDV support, uncompressed HD/SD ingestion, floating point colour, and multicam editing. The interface, titling, and effects have been enhanced.

  • Cons: Some ‘new’ features already come as standard on competing packages. Bridge previews could be handled better.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 8 out of 10 We rate this 8 out of 10

As part of the Production Studio, Premiere Pro 2.0 ties into the workflows of Adobe’s other production tools. Even as a standalone application, though, version 2.0 offers tighter interoperability between the various Adobe applications.

Capture options in Premiere Pro now include support for ingesting full-resolution, uncompressed HD through HD VTR decks and other devices when using an HD-enabled SDI video card.

Uncompressed standard-def is also supported natively over SDI. There’s the ability to handle HDV footage in real-time without the need for constant recompression or additional HDV plug-ins. With HDV set to displace DV as the prosumer format of choice, this native format support is a timely addition.

The Premiere interface has been given a makeover, with the ability to shift and dock most of the individual palettes anywhere on the screen. Palettes automatically scale to fit, so you don’t need to worry about them overlapping.
The ability to save your custom workspaces brings Premiere up to speed with other non-linear editing (NLE) video packages, while there are plenty of ready-made configurations available.

 border=0 />Multi-angle editing is now available, allowing real-time assembly and mixing of a sequence from footage derived from up to four cameras. Adobe has added the ability to trim a master clip into any number of subclips, which can then have effects added individually.
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Clip Notes is an excellent addition. This is a client-approval facility that embeds a video file in a PDF document and synchronizes a notepad with the video timecode. This enables any client to send only the comments back, ready to be imported as sequence markers in the project timeline. Another new feature is a transparent video track that allows certain effects such as lens flare or the new Timecode overlay effect to be applied across the whole sequence. Sadly, this doesn’t work for the majority of image-processing effects. 
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